Media watch – Friday

26 October 2018

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    • Corky

       /  October 26, 2018

      Translation: We want legislation. You can’t have people being free, doing stuff, without legislation. Surely if an accident occurs they can be charged with careless driving?

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      • Pink David

         /  October 26, 2018

        There are plenty of laws that cover this suitability. None of them allow Goff to grandstand and cry that ‘something must be done!’

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    • NOEL

       /  October 26, 2018

      Vehicle risk rating ACC Band one applies to cars that offer the least protection and charges the highest levy.
      Call them a vehicle and the taxpayer will get some recompense from the ACC claims.

      If not call it a high risk occupation leasing scooters and recover the ACC costs that way.

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  2. Zedd

     /  October 26, 2018

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/mps-reveal-they-last-smoked-cannabis-v1

    I tried it.. I may have even inhaled (MPs) ?

    Its interesting that some seem to still think; booze is NOT a drug 😦

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    • Corky

       /  October 26, 2018

      Booze is a drug that causes much misery. Herb, in my opinion, is more insidious. It slowly takes a persons willpower and motivation. Then it starts to physically dismantle them.

      A druggie going cold turkey is not a nice person to be around.

      Cannabis is also a major reason why Maoridom is stuffed. Long before P, cannabis was destroying Maori communities.

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      • Zedd

         /  October 26, 2018

        really ?

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      • phantom snowflake

         /  October 26, 2018

        A druggie going cold turkey is not a nice person to be around.
        I’m not sure what you’re trying to say here Corky. Historically the term “cold turkey” has been applied to quitting Heroin use without the aid of other drugs such as Methadone. For a regular Cannabis user who quits, the symptoms are really quite minor; not to be equated with Heroin withdrawal which is incredibly gruelling and painful.

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        • Corky

           /  October 26, 2018

          ”I’m not sure what you’re trying to say here Corky. Historically the term “cold turkey” has been applied to quitting Heroin.”

          I have always know ”cold turkey to be a generic term for coming off any addictive substance. I go CT on the second day of not receiving my daily caffeine fix.

          Dictionary:

          ”The abrupt and complete cessation of taking a drug to which one is addicted.
          “I had to go cold turkey”

          ”For a regular Cannabis user who quits, the symptoms are really quite minor.”

          That’s a matter of opinion. However, it’s true withdrawal from Heroin is very severe – death is a possibility.

          Withdrawal from the herb might’n be as bad..but the herb head is just a hopeless wreck who’s spending all his time looking for a fix.

          Some of the most vicious beatings in Maoridom have been perpetrated by a bro going cold turkey. I find nothing ”minor” regarding marijuana use.

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          • Gezza

             /  October 26, 2018

            ”For a regular Cannabis user who quits, the symptoms are really quite minor.”
            . . . .
            That’s a matter of opinion.

            Well it might be I haven’t googled it yet but in my case and others I know of it’s a matter of experience. There aren’t any physical withdrawal symptoms that I’m aware of or have ever experienced.

            And the only psychological withdrawal symptoms I experienced were wishing I had some to smoke in some rare particular situation where it would’ve been a nice state to be in – eg listening to some new album. I had friends who used to like a toke before we went on a bush walk. That made them enjoy it more. I didn’t – I enjoyed walking in the bush straight, not stoned. There’s so much to see smell and feel and I didn’t want to be in an ever so slightly dreamy or too focussed on one thing state.

            Getting stoned to listen to or play music, yes, I liked that. And I can see how maryjane was so popular with many musicians.

            I don’t think it affects everybody in exactly the same way, but mostly for me it just seemed to enhance my focus on some things. I loved listening to music because I could zero in on drums or bass or lead or vocals in a way that was harder when not stoned. I notced the difference quite markedly the first time I got stoned at a muso mates’.

            That said, if someone’s a chronic heavy stoner – like toking & zonked out dozy all day long – they might I guess have some problems knowing wtf to do with themselves without it. But putting them to work and engaged in something that’s actually enjoyable or worthwhile will probably fill that void quite easily I would’ve thought.

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  3. High Flying Duck

     /  October 26, 2018

    On the drugs topic, some information on whether prohibition actually does work, and harm of decriminalisation:

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  4. Missy

     /  October 26, 2018

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    • Corky

       /  October 26, 2018

      Idiots. But are you surprised, Missy?

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    • Gezza

       /  October 27, 2018

      That’s ridiculous. Have they ruled on abusing any characters in the collected works of Grimm’s Fairy Tales & on slagging off Frodo and The Elfin King in Lord of The Rings as well?

      They’re all equally such obvious works of bloody fiction. That’s an outrageous decision. They’ve effectively ruled against the right of freedom of expression. What’s next?

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      • Missy

         /  October 27, 2018

        The EU have a number of laws in the pipeline that will impact freedom of speech, mostly related around the Internet, but this is the first time any European institution has blatantly put one religion above others.

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        • Gezza

           /  October 27, 2018

          They’ll have to go, Missy. 😡

          Who else have they got ? o_O

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          • Missy

             /  October 27, 2018

            If the Brits have their way they will be gone!

            Don’t think they have anyone else, which is probably a good thing!

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            • Gezza

               /  October 27, 2018

              Honestly, that is a really bad decision as I know probably all of us will agree. Stuff the Remainers – that Court is so compromised by stupidity it’s a travesty of Justice, not a beacon of it !

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